I’ve had my Canon G9 for three years and I still don’t *technically, officially* know how to use it properly. I know my macro from my manual focus, and can use TV mode and the basic manual settings, but when Ben glances over my shoulder and says, ‘You need to change your white balance / F-stop / ISO’, I’m still like, ‘Which one’s that again?’
At first my excuse was the Japanese instruction book. But my friend Stef sent me the English version years ago, so I don’t have any valid reason for remaining “in the dark”.
In the long-term, I’m gonna take a photography course, but in the meantime I’m trying to break out of my comfort zone with my camera.
Yesterday I was inspired by the beautiful winter sunlight and set myself the task of capturing the sun – usually I take photos in filtered light or shadow (like above) but not direct sun. It was a bit of a challenge as the sun doesn’t exactly stream into our apartment. In the morning, it shines into our living room but by the time I get up there’s only a small patch left – in the corner, between the wall and the sofa. In the late afternoon, the rays edge into the bedroom and light up a narrow portion of the sideboard next to the window. So I positioned my subject – a vase of unopened poppies from my friend Kiersten – in this rare sunny spot and snapped away. I ended up with the shot below, and I like how sunlight adds instant warmth.
I also took some sunlit shots of a pear & almond tart from Adriano Zumbo. I love how it’s decorated like a daisy, and by taking a pic of it with the sun, the flaked almond ‘petals’ (dusted with icing sugar) threw off an almost crown-like shadow.
Prior to the sun experiment, I had taken a few photos of macarons. It was a very sweet-filled Sunday – I blame my friend Kiersten, who had never been to Adriano Zumbo. Palm sugar is below, then pandan and vanilla.